Let’s not forget that our politicians made a choice to enter the “sequester,” a word that hardly anybody knows the definition of but that means that the United States is cutting its budget. Cutting the budget, in turn, isn’t just about a budget. It’s about America choosing not to engage in as many collective efforts as it used to.
These national choices have real local effects. Have you seen any local effects to this month’s “sequester” retreat from the collective good? Tell me about them in the comments.
Local to me, I see that Acadia National Park will be closing off its best areas for an extra month. When Acadia National Park does open itself up for all the visitor center will be open for fewer hours, rangers will offer fewer educational programs for families, and there will be fewer places to go to the bathroom.
There will be fewer people who visit Acadia National Park this year as a result — and visits to that park generate $186 million a year for the local economy. One choice to retreat from offering an American collective good will lead to a further withdrawal of particular goods for American communities.
Retreats like this are being made across the country. Our new national slogan: “We don’t do that any more.”